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1  Tablecloth Tunic! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TessTessi on: November 26, 2007 08:22:30 PM
Whoops, I posted this on my blog/flickr a few weeks ago, but neglected to post in here on my precious craftster! There isn't much to say about this, it's really very, very simple.  It's a basic T-tunic (http://www.dagorhir.com/HowTo/DagorhirTunic.htm) made from an old table cloth and 4 old napkins (thank you grandma!). I wish I'd taken a before picture, but now it's way too late!!  The tablecloth makes up the upper part, and the 4 napkins are cut and arranged to make the skirt area.  The neck in faced with matching raw silk, but this can really be anything so long as the drape matches the body fabric.

I encourage you all to try making something like this, it's so easy! I usually don't think tent-like things are flattering on most body shapes but throw a belt on that sucker and see how pretty it looks!

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2  My version of the skully fake isle hat: now with earflaps! in Knitting: Completed Projects by TessTessi on: November 06, 2007 11:33:20 AM
After seeing this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=202337.0 post, I had to make my own.  I am stash busting right now, and had the self striping yarn (Paintbox 3, Spring Moss) leftover from some other projects. The cream yarn in encore. I got a bright idea to knit sweaters for my bro +husband, then realized I had no interest in knitting a giant sweater for either of them, so now I'm knitting hats out of all of that.

Anyway, the hat is this hat from magknits:  http://www.magknits.com/Nov06/patterns/fakeisle.htm with this: http://www.supermitten.com/images/SkullCharts.gif to replace the middle pattern.

As for the earflaps, I just picked up 18 stitches, and knitted the chart (3 stiches of seed on either side) and decreased a bit when I got done with the chart. If anyone is dying to know details I'm sure I could write down specifically what I did.  Anywhos here's the pics!

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3  Rainbow Shirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TessTessi on: October 23, 2007 02:06:00 PM
Hello! It's been a while since I've posted anything new, and this is my first time on this board!!

This is a shirt I made last night, it's so bright I'm in love!!  I have had this rainbow ribbed knit for nigh on 8 years now, which should prove to my husband why you should NEVER throw anything, especially fabric, out Wink  The sleeves and pocket are from an old sweater that I got when I went thrifting in Chicago, it was only 10 cents! The red band, back, and trim are from a vest I found here for 3 bucks.  The pattern is from a shirt that got wrecked in the wash, so I used it as a basically template. It was so fun to make, I hope I have enough to make one more!!!

 Let me know what you think!
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4  New Happy Summertime Fun Dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TessTessi on: August 19, 2007 03:22:33 PM
I can't ever show up to a wedding in a non-handmade dress, let alone one that I've already worn. So it true Tess fashion I made this in Thursday for my sisters wedding on Saturday.  The fabric is from a good flickr friend of mine, she found it at a flea market I'm certain. I found the white with red polka dot fabric at joann's for a hem and straps, sorry I don't have a detailed picture.  I can't remember what pattern number this was, but if someone wants to make it I'll do my best to figure it out!!

What do you think?
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5  Re: Tigers....zombies....tiger zombies. A tale of 2 craftsters. <SRSLY IMAGE OBE in Costumes: Completed Projects by TessTessi on: August 06, 2007 12:07:15 AM

I'm so glad keenbean wrapped me up into this project, it was a super blast! Construction was a  bit on the miserable side due to the heat and burlap splinters, but the end result was so worth it. 

At first I was using a modified clown costume pattern, but that ended up being a bit too big on the wrong areas, and I modified a onsie style lion costume. I inserted a zipper into the back for easy access (gluing the seam allowances down with hot glue to keep it from raveling apart), and made the stripes using random strips of black burlap. Mandy, the zombie genius, cut holes where she wanted the guts and gore to be, then I sewed red fabric into it, and she stitched it over with black yarn.

The mittens were modified from the pattern I was using. I lined them with green fleece to be puffy and more comfortable, and used cut up vinyl for the claws.  They were supposed to be just worn as mittens, but it became apparent as we were shooting that we had to sew them onto the bodies.  This lead to some interesting moments while we were all hanging out on the roof of the building we were shooting at, watching the zombies clutching a beer with 2 hands, or someone holding their cigarette for them. Good times.

The shoes were modeled on a large shoe, but everyone ended up wearing small converses or something to that effect, so we ended up more or less sewing the covers onto their shoes. 

The video should be done getting edited in a few weeks, so we'll definitely post it when it's done!!

Now for even more pictures! Sorry for all you dial up peeps!


After the gore:

At the shoot:

In the end, we used 30 yards of burlap. Holy cow. We are still finding it all over the house. Ew.  We both have what we like to call "burlap lung" and will probably die 5 years younger. This is our fate, and we embrace it. 
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6  Re: Bike Riding Round 2 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by TessTessi on: June 11, 2007 04:14:17 PM
S is for Summer send me a very awesome, and very well color coordinated swap package!!  I'm posting smaller pics, but you can go to my flickr.com/photos/madebytess for detailed pics Smiley

First off, spoke cards with 20's imagery and streamers with the prettiest ribbon/buttons. Where did you get the ribbons, they are super pretty!

She also made a really super cute bicycle cover, but my seat is huge (for my big  butt) and it didn't fit Sad

I have to say this is my favorite because it is most practical and fill a need I have: garters to pin my skirts too while i ride!  Did I say I liked elephants, or did you guess??

Here's some fun this and that's, the hula girl is for my bicycle, but I'm going to put it on the sewing machine Smiley  She also sent some cute buttons, and a fancy lady with her dog:)

Last but not least, a shirt appliqud with a bicycle!

Not only was everything well made, it was also well packaged! Everything was individually wrapped and had a really cute note with it Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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7  Tree Wall Hanging in Quilting: Completed Projects by TessTessi on: June 01, 2007 11:22:29 AM
Over a year ago now, I got this amazing quilt from gingerquilts in a swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=95757.0 A few months ago, I made this (and some other things) for someone who got flaked on in the tree swap!

It is inspired by, but not identical at all.  I drew the tree freehand from a 20 by 20 pixel (tiny!) celtic tree image I found, it was so little I ended up bs'ing a lot of it Smiley  The background I made using a waving lines piecing tutorial that I can't find for the life of me.  After I pieced the background, I fused the tree to it and zigzagged around, then I did the rough stitching on the seams on the quilt, and bound it off! I did the edges of the quilt a little wobbly to mimic the background, I'm not sure i I like it or not...but all in all I am super pleased with how this came out! I saved the cuttings of the wonderunder so I could make one for myself Smiley

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8  New Summer Halter Dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TessTessi on: May 29, 2007 01:00:36 PM
I just made another summer dress, what do you think? It's from McCalls 3584. It was very easy, but I don't plan on making it again for 2 reasons. 1.  There are 3 pleats on the bodice area that serve to make my breasts look larger than I want them to. 2.  The halter gives me a headache.  I love how it looks, though, so I think I'm going to try a halter looking front for my next project, but a different back.  I need to get cranking on more summer dresses, it's getting hotter and hotter....

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9  My new Batik Summer Dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TessTessi on: May 20, 2007 06:23:55 PM
About 1 millions years ago I did a fabric swap, and i received some great African batiks from Lothruin.  I wasn't quite sure what to do with them, I needed something that used the fabric well, and used what little I had! I finally found the perfect pattern, Butterick 5028.  I didn't quite have enough to make the skirt long enough, so I added the contrast border. I used the green for bodice lining, which meant that I didn't have enough to make a contrast waistband Smiley

The only modifications to the pattern other than the contrast border was to adjust the back v to make it fit better, then I tacked it down so it wouldn't gape open and it allows me to wear a bra Smiley  As far as fit goes, it fits very well, and I am going to make it about with some brown linen!

Let me know what you think!
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10  Re: Bike Riding Swap!! (sign ups until 4/24, SEND OUT 5/21) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by TessTessi on: May 16, 2007 08:29:55 PM
I'm behind as usual, but I have some tricks up my sleeve and it's going to rock Smiley  For now, I will give you a picture of me and my bicycle:

S is for Summer already asked me this (but I forgot to tell her!), I have no clue what brand or where to get the baskets. They were from my local bicycle shop in Oceanside, CA. 

As far as the bicycle goes: Electra Townie, 21 speed. Beach cruiser style, sans beach cruiser weight (and it has hand brakes Wink )
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